By: Ted Sutton, Esq.
In the business realm, Texas has become the lone star that is burning brighter. And it may become a top state for business in the near future.
They say that everything’s larger in Texas. This also includes a larger demand to form a business in the Lone Star State. Forming a business in Texas has become a popular alternative to other larger states like California and New York. Given its thriving economy and a favorable tax climate, Texas has seen an increase in new LLC formations.
These formations may increase further. Under the recently-passed Senate Bill 2314, Texas now recognizes the charging order as the exclusive remedy for both single-member and multi-member LLCs.
The charging order apples when an LLC member is personally sued and loses in court. But in order for the lawsuit winner to collect anything from the LLC, they must wait until any distributions are made from it. So, if no distributions are made, then the winner doesn’t collect anything from the LLC. This is true, even if the loser is the only member of the LLC. This new law takes effect on September 1, 2023.
This new law overrules Devoll v. Demonbreaun, a 2016 Texas Court of Appeals case. Devoll held that the charging order was not the exclusive remedy, even if it was charged against an LLC’s membership interest. This new Senate Bill changes this outcome. Now Texas LLC owners are better protected in the event they are personally sued.
On top of this, Texas has also just formed the Texas Business Court. Similar to the Delaware Court of Chancery, this new court system will handle corporate disputes and complex litigation matters. Texas will eventually set up these courts in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. This court will help expedite lawsuits and provide case law to resolve these disputes. But most importantly, this will attract even more business to the state. These new courts are set to start on September 1, 2024.
Another thing Texas has is its large population and rapid population growth. Currently, Texas is the second largest state with 30 million people. And since 2010, Texas has had the third-fastest growth of any state at a whopping 20%. Given these recent trends, it could take that top spot in the not-too-distant future.
Could Texas overtake Delaware and Wyoming as the best state for businesses? Only time will tell. However, these recent developments show that it may be possible.
 Devoll v. Demonbreun, No. 04-14-00331-CV (Tex. App. Aug. 31, 2016).
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